2000-2001 Freedom Forum/ Parvin Fellows at the University of
LU, Hong (Delia). Lu Hong was born in April 1976 in Central China's Hubei Province. She joined China Daily in 1998 after graduating from Shanghai International Studies University where she majored in International Journalism.
When she first
China Daily, she worked as a reporter at the Opinion Department for three months. After that she was sent back to Shanghai and has worked as a sub-editor in China Daily's Shanghai Bureau and Shanghai Star, a subsidiary English-language newspaper of China Daily group. At that time Shanghai Star was pioneering a reform of China Daily and was badly short of hands. In Shanghai Star, Lu Hong is in charge of city, business, IT, fashion, shopping and nation pages. During the past one and half years' work, Lu Hong was quite happy to see many changes taking place in Shanghai Star, not only in contents but also in page layouts. Now all of the Shanghai Star editors and reporters are working hard to make the 16-page tabloid more appealing to foreigners, the major part of its readership group.
Lu Hong has a boy friend who majored in Japanese studies at the university and now is working for a Sino-Japanese enterprises. Both of them hope people from the U.S., Japan, China and other countries in the world better understand each other and make the globe a friendly village.
WANG, Ling (Christine). Just as her name suggests in Chinese, Wang Ling comes from a place that is "full of water". Both the West-Lake at the western part of the city and the Qiantang River on the eastern side are landmarks in her hometown -- Hangzhou, known as the capital city of East China's Zhejiang Province. Wang Ling was born in Hangzhou in 1975 and lived there for 18 years until she went to the Beijing Foreign Studies University to study in 1994.
Her love of Hangzhou and of the province has largely pushed forward her work as a correspondent at China Daily's Zhejiang Bureau. For the past one and a half years, Wang Ling has been writing reports for China Daily that covered every angle of the Zhejiang Province, including its economy, culture, education, society, people and so on. Her aim is simple -- to let the world know more about this fourth largest economic province in China as well as one of the most culturally dynamic area in the country.
For her, the correspondent work at China Daily's Zhejiang Bureau is challenging, for it not only requires a quick response to all kinds of news clues, but also a wide range of knowledge to adapt to writing various types of reports as soon as possible. "Learning through working" is what Wang Ling values and has been practicing since she joined the China Daily staff in early 1999.
Wang Ling got a Bachelor Degree of Arts from the English Department of Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1998. The university was where she gradually grew interested in journalism. She had an internship at the English News Service, CCTV (China Central Television Station) for nine months from July 1998 to March 1999. In order to know more about journalism, she also chose to write her bachelor of arts degree paper on American television journalism.
XIN, Dingding (Sylvia). Xin Dingding, the youngest of the Freedom Forum\Parvin Fellows, was born in 1977 in East China's Jiangsu Province. She joined China Daily in 1999 after graduating from Nanjing University, where she received her bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature.
During the past year, she has been working as a reporter for China Daily's National Department, which deals with all the important issues happening in Beijing (the capital) and other areas in China. She is responsible for covering stories in fields of culture, publication, health, agriculture and social welfare programs.
In addition to journalism that she chose as her career, she is also an enthusiastic volleyball fan. She said she wants to make friends in Hawaii, playing volleyball together on Hawaii's beaches.
Xin is the only child in her family. Her father is a retired accountant, and her mother is now on an administrative staff in a textile company.
ZHANG, Dingmin (Dennis). Zhang Dingmin, leader of the China Daily fellows, was born in 1975 in Southwest China's Sichuan Province. He received his bachelor's
degree in Nanjing University, in English language and literature at the School of Foreign Studies. Upon his graduation in 1998, he was recruited by the China Daily, the country's only national English-language newspaper, and has been working as a financial reporter at the daily's business desk or business department since then.
He has mainly been covering tax issues and two major banks -- the commercial China Construction Bank and the policy-oriented Export-Import Bank of China for the past two years. Sometimes he also writes stories on reforms of the entire banking industry and
the performance of the overall economy. China Daily's business desk has a financial team, on which Zhang works, which is responsible for the coverage of all issues related to the financial industry in the broader sense -- banking, insurance and securities, and provides macroeconomic analyses.
Reporters step into each other's beats from time to time in cases of absence and for information sources from closely related industrial sectors. The business desk, with some 20 editors and reporters, is responsible for the editing and reporting of an 8-page weekend business-orientated publication known as Business Weekly.
Xinhua News Agency
CHENG, Junli (Julie). Cheng Junli, leader of the Xinhua News Agency fellows, was born in 1969 in North China Hebei Province. She received her bachelor's degree in education at Beijing Normal University in 1992.
She had been a training officer of the Education and Training Center of the Xinhua News Agency. At the end of last year, due to the organization restructuring, her division was incorporated into the Personnel Department of Xinhua. During the past eight years, she has organized seminars for the journalists and taught courses, including communication, presentation, time management and so on, to supervisors at all levels of Xinhua. In addition, she has been responsible for translating letters and doing other related work for the Freedom Forum/Parvin Program.
From 1993 to 1994, she was sent to ABB Ltd. Co. to learn Modern Training
Technique. ABB, a Sweden and Switzerland corporation, is the largest electronic engineering enterprise in the world. At first, she was located in Xiamen, an opening city in South China Fujian Province, as a training officer of ABB China Business School. Then, she was transferred to Shanghai.
Cheng Junli's husband is an award-winning editor of the Financial News, a daily newspaper sponsored by Peoples Bank of China. They have a 4-year-old son.
SONG, Chao (Joel). Song Chao was born in October 1976 in East China's Anhui province. He received his economics bachelor's degree from University of International Business and Economics. He joined the Xinhua News Agency in 1997.
He has been working as an editor in Xinhua News Agency's major International
Department for three years. It is responsible for reporting international news to the domestic Chinese audience. Song Chao is in charge of international economics news editing, often writing analysis articles about international economic issues.
His colleagues are almost all young people interested in their work proud to be serving as a bridge between China and the rest of the world. They are devoted to providing on-time, in-depth reports for their audience.
YUAN, Ye (Kevin). Yuan Ye was born on Dec. 28, 1971, in Gansu Province, a
northwestern Chinese province which is famous for Buddhist relics along the ancient Silk Road. He earned his bachelor's degree in English language and tourism industry management in 1994 from Nankai University. Since then, he has been working as a reporter in the Department of Home News for Overseas Service at Xinhua News Agency, at first a news translator, and now a health news reporter. He is responsible for reporting news, in both English and Chinese, about China's reform of public health sector, disease control, new drug development, medical research, and so on. He has devoted himself into
the reporting of HIV/AIDS problems in China for four years.
Thanks to his long-term zeal for film art, Yuan has worked for
three years as a freelance writer of film review for a national movie magazine. He is also crazy for enjoying the music ranging from classics, blues to the New Age, and traveling around, though coming to Hawaii is his first experience of being abroad. He is well-known for easy-going temperament and team-working abilities among friends and colleagues.
Yuan is not married. His parents are both teachers at a teacher school in his hometown. He has an older sister, also a teacher, and a younger sister who is making her dream to be a teacher coming true.
ZHOU, Xin (Cindy) was born on July 23, 1973, in Tianjin city. She returned to Beijing with her parents 10 days after her birth and stayed in kindergarten until she was 7 years old. She spent a lot of time participating activities at primary school before she found her favorite - swimming when she was in her second grade summer vacation. Cindy became a professional swimmer in 1987 and received the Most Potential Teenage Swimmer
Award and the Most Valuable Swimmer Award by her national governing body, the Chinese Swimming Association.
After she graduated from the Beijing Normal University where she majored in English Literature in 1997, Cindy became a sports journalist with Xinhua News Agency where she was provided the opportunity to combine her interest, her major and her sports background.
The former world-class swimmer has covered the World Cup swimming
and diving events annually in China and biannual national championships since 1997. She has also reported some major sports events in both English and Chinese, such as the World Gymnastics Championships in 1999, the Asian Weightlifting Championships, the Asian Short-track Speed Skating and the Asian Women's Softball Championships.